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1 I, Paul, am God's slave and Christ's agent for promoting the faith among God's chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. 1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--
2 My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago - and he doesn't break promises! 2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
3 And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I've been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. 3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you! 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
6 As you select them, ask, "Is this man well-thought-of? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?" 6 An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
7 It's important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God's house, be looked up to - not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
8 He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, 8 Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
9 and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
10 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. 10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.
11 They've got to be shut up. They're disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. 11 They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
12 One of their own prophets said it best: The Cretans are liars from the womb, barking dogs, lazy bellies. 12 Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
13 He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith
14 so they can recover a robust faith. 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth.
15 Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They're real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.